City of Glasgow swimmer Robbie Renwick has secured his place at the London 2012 Olympic Games after a series of stunning performances at the British Swimming Championships in London.
The double Commonwealth Games medallist achieved the Team GB qualifying time in the 400m freestyle on Saturday evening. The 23-year-old set a new Scottish record of 3mins 46.73secs at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in the 400m freestyle final, comfortably beating Stockport’s Dave Carry who finished with a time of 3:48.36.
After Saturday's race Renwick said: “It was a great race, exactly what I wanted to do. It shows that all the hard work I'm putting in training is paying off. I am really chuffed about qualifying, the pressure is off a little now but I want to perform to my best in my main event - the 200m freestyle.”
Renwick, who trains at the three city pools (Glasgow Club Gorbals, Glasgow Club Bellahouston and Glasgow Club Springburn), is also on course to secure his place in the 200m freestyle after finishing as the fastest qualifier (1:47.25) in the in the semi-finals on Sunday. The current British record holder will take his place in today’s (Monday) final.
He said: “I felt a bit tired today after last night, but I am happy with the way I swam tonight. With a bit more rest I know I'm capable of going quicker on Monday evening and I'm looking forward to the race.”
The City of Glasgow star’s coach, Graham Wardell, said: “I am absolutely delighted with Robbie's swim, it is a testament to all the hard work he has put in, but also obviously to all the support he gets from his parents, Scottish Swimming, Scottish Institute of Sport and Glasgow Life.
“It's a partnership thing – he has really worked hard this year. I am so proud of what he has achieved. He has recorded his best time and put himself on the Olympic Team for London 2012.”
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "Since announcing his arrival on the world stage with a gold and silver at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Robbie has consistently shown he has what it takes to compete at the very highest level.
"His performances at the Olympic Aquatic Centre this weekend have been sensational and we are delighted that he has achieved the qualifying time for London 2012 in the 400m freestyle. He is rightly regarded as one Scotland's top athletes and has earned the right to swim at the Olympics this summer.
“It is fantastic for us to know that one of our swimmers, who trains week in, week out at venues across Glasgow, will be battling it out against the very best in the world at the London 2012 Olympics.”
Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, Ashley Howard, said: “This is a great story about joint investment and teamwork across partners supporting Robbie and his coach, Graham Wardell. But on the day, the achievement of this milestone is down to them and Scottish Swimming is very proud.”
Meanwhile, former Glasgow School of Sport pupil Michael Jamieson has narrowly missed out on securing a spot at London 2012 in the 100m breaststroke despite bettering the Team GB qualifying time of 1:00.79. Jamieson took bronze in a time of 1:00.58 in Sunday’s final but with only two qualification places available just misses out.